Posted at: 07/04/2013 4:54 PM
Updated at: 07/05/2013 7:47 AM
By: Joy Lim Nakrin
The pleasant holiday weather is paying off for outdoor businesses looking to make up for losses from the cold, wet spring.
Valley Fair in Shakopee estimated 20 to 30 percent more visitors this Independence Day as compared to a typical day, according to Promotions and Communications Manager Todd Larkin.
Saint Louis Park Aquatic Center is seeing a similar jump.
At Canterbury Park, attendance is estimated to be nearly triple the normal amount, according to spokesman John Groen.
Groen adds, "It has been a very wet spring, as everyone knows. Unfortunately, it rained on a lot of our race days, so it has impacted our attendance. We're hoping days like today can help us bounce back."
Last July 4th, the temperature in the Twin Cities was a record 101 degrees. That kept crowds inside and meant major losses for many outdoor businesses.
Canterbury Park was forced to cancel all races that day, and Valley Fair saw a drop in attendance.